Tuesday, 28 July 2015

A Few Statistics regarding Orphans.

Have you ever stopped to think how many orphans there are in the world? Have you ever stopped to think what happens in the life of an orphan?

The exact experience for every orphan is different as situations differ and every person is, of course, unique.

Here are a few stats:

UNICEF defines an orphan as someone who has lost one or both parents.

  • Total estimated number of orphans worldwide:  163 million
  • Estimated number that have lost only their mother: 34.5 million
  • Estimated number that have lost only their father: 101 million
  • Estimated number of “double orphans”:  18.5 million 
  • 95% of all orphans are over the age of 5 years. 
  • In 2005 132 million orphans were found in Sub-Sahran Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribean
    (Source: UNICEF) Did you know that the stats are so high? What is your first thought when you see these numbers, many of which go back to 2005 /2007                                                                                                                         

Publicity to our Campaign and More

We've been working hard on this crowd fundraiser. We have been mentioned on a few blogs. We were featured in the "In Jerusalem" of the Jerusalem Post on Friday 24 July 2015. We have even been mentioned by Mayim Bialik. Sadly, it does not seem to be enough to encourage Jews to open their hearts to the needs of an orphan at the time she gets married. What does it take to soften the hearts of those who like to give?

Today is the last day of our crowd fundraiser. Currently the 60 bridal gowns are sitting at the dry cleaner, most of them have been cleaned. We still need funds to pay the dry cleaner. We recently obtained a mirror through the donation of one individual! Once the dry cleaner bill is paid, we URGENTLY need funds for 3 sturdy clothes stands and to pay for additional rent for the extra space required to set this up.

We have received an offer from a bridal store in New York to send us a few bridal gowns. What a wonderful offer! Can you imagine a Kallah who does not have a father or a mother or both being given the opportunity to select a brand new bridal gown that is New York standard, as a gift for her wedding day?! Yes, it has to be returned already cleaned, but what a saving, what a kindness. What will it take for others to comprehend the Mitzvah that is taking place here. The kindness, the joy that YOU can give to another. 

We invite you to join us. This is the last day of our campaign and we need all the funds to come in. So I am appealing to Am Yisrael. Here is your chance to do an act that can make a very big difference to the life of another Jew. The life of someone who has already suffered from losing a parent. 

I have tried a few options to end this post but I am left wondering "What words do you need to hear that will inspire you to help an orphan?"

Everyone deserves a chance at life. Everyone deserves a chance at happiness. Please be a part of bringing happiness to the world. Remember, if you help one orphan, you have helped a whole world. 

Please donate TODAY and donate generously. Time is of the essence. We need to move beyond just raising funds to set this up and get to help the orphan Kallot that this Gemach is set up to assist. For those needing a tax receipt, we have an affiliation with two different organizations to provide tax receipts for those donating via Check. Please be in touch if this is what holds you back from assisting.

Thank you to all who care and to all who donate.

Shoshanah Shear
Co-Director of Chessed Ve'Emet

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Free Bridal Gowns to Orphan Kallot

Everyone loves to see a beautiful bride! It puts a smile on one's face or brings a tear to the eye! Most little girls dream of their wedding day and happily act out being a bride in their beautiful white bridal gown!

Imagine for a moment a bride-to-be having to arrange her wedding alone... Her beloved father, mother or both are no longer in this world. She may or may not have received any inheritance. Imagine approaching the most important day of anyone's life, without loving parents and sometimes other family too.

At Chessed Ve'Emet, we know the dreams of the little girl and just how important it is for every bride to have a beautiful wedding, even if it is a small one. At Chessed Ve'Emet we believe that everyone has the right to begin their new home in dignity.

As a result we have established an addition to our Bayit Chadash Wedding Project. We have 60 bridal gowns which will be loaned free of charge to orphan Kallot (Jewish brides) marrying and setting up their home in Israel. We have a dream of a very special centre that will help orphan brides and grooms (Kallot and Chatanim) in a meaningful and unique manner, taking all their needs into account. If we could fulfil our full dream, this will include empowering orphans to have a good strong income as they begin their new phase of married life.

We invite you to be a part of making something very special happen! Please visit our crowd fundraiser (http://igg.me/at/bridal-gown-gemach) where you can learn more about this awesome project, make a generous donation and share the link with your friends.  For more about the activities of Chessed Ve'Emet, see our main web page www.lovingkindness.co

Thank you for your kindness.

Shoshanah Shear


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